July 28, 2017

ITRC to Host 2nd World Bowling Coach Conference

The World Bowling Coach Conference will return to the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) in May, bringing together coaches from around the world for an educational conference on the sport of bowling.

In conjunction with World Bowling, the world governing body for the sport of bowling, the ITRC staff will host the three-day conference from May 6-8 in Arlington, Texas.

The ITRC staff also hosted the first World Bowling Coach Conference in 2014, which featured nearly 100 coaches representing 28 countries.

2013ETBFiCoachRodRoss.jpgThis year’s conference will include presentations from 16 of the best bowling minds from across the globe, including Team USA head coach Rod Ross, European Tenpin Bowling Federation lead instructor Juha Maja and Team USA sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz.

“We’re honored and excited to host such an incredible panel featuring some of the top minds in the sport,” said Ross (pictured left), one of six United States Bowling Congress Gold coaches scheduled to be among the presenters. “This conference will give coaches a chance to learn, discuss and apply the necessary tools to continue to build a future for the sport.”

Topics that will be presented during the conference include detailed looks into ball motion, the physical and mental game, strategies for team play and the latest advances in coaching.

Coaches in attendance will get an in-depth look at the technology housed at the ITRC and how it is applied to coaching, including biomechanical motion analysis.

As part of the conference, participants will get the opportunity to see how bowling balls, pins, lanes and more are tested prior to becoming approved for USBC-certified competition as well as the chance to see the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications department’s Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher – E.A.R.L. – in action.

The ITRC is part of the International Bowling Campus and conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame as part of the three-day experience. The conference will conclude May 8 with an open-panel discussion with the presenters.

Registration for the World Bowling Coach Conference is open, and interested coaches are encouraged to register as soon as possible at WorldBowlingCoach.com since space is limited.

ITRC to host inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference

ITRC Facility

The best bowling coaches in the world are invited to the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) in Arlington, Texas, next March to take part in the inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference.

In conjunction with World Bowling (the World Tenpin Bowling Association), the world governing body for the sport, the ITRC staff will host the educational conference on March 28-30, 2014.

One key topic for discussion will be the establishment of a Global Coaching System. A task force of coaches has been working with World Bowling to review international coaching programs and curriculum.

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“We have seen encouraging growth for our sport in many parts of the world and identifying credible coaching programs is an important part of continuing that growth,” WTBA President and CEO Kevin Dornberger

“There are several excellent coaching certification and rating programs in different regions of the world, but no common system to compare credentials. This conference will be a great opportunity for the best coaches in the world to exchange ideas and discuss the concept of worldwide coaching standards.” (pictured right) said.

World Bowling has three zones for bowling – American, Asian and European – and more than 110 member federations. The conference will have presentations from nationally-recognized coaches from each zone as well as ITRC coaches.

The Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and the European Bowling Federation (ETBF), along with the United States Bowling Congress and Kegel, a leading company in the industry, are supporting the start of a World Bowling Coach Conference.

2011USBCHeadCoachRodRoss.jpg“A key mission of the ITRC is to be a resource for all bowling coaches and federations so we are eager to be a partner in the World Bowling Coach Conference concept,” said Rod Ross (left), director of the ITRC and head coach of Team USA.

“The sport will benefit from a regular gathering of coaches to discuss best practices and consider international principals for certifying coaches.”

In addition to the top coaches who will present at the conference, any international or domestic coach is invited to attend the inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference.

For more information on the conference, fees, schedule details as well as registration are available at the conference website.

 

National Teams Find Success After Training At ITRC

Before finding unprecedented success at major international events this summer, several teams spent quality time training at the International Training and Research Center.

Teams from the Dominican Republic and Singapore found success in major events after training at the ITRC, located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington. The ITRC is the home training center for Team USA, and both the Team USA men and Junior Team USA squads trained at the ITRC before successful campaigns at world championship events.

“The staff at the International Bowling Campus would like to congratulate all the teams that visited the ITRC on their great success,” United States Bowling Congress Managing Director of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel said. “We hope that more teams will visit the ITRC to take advantage of the unmatched technology and training opportunities.”

The Dominican Republic had its best performance ever at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, taking three gold medals and one bronze medal.

Upon returning home from the event, Dominican Republic head coach Craig Woodhouse said the team was greeted at the airport by two television stations and 100-plus people waving Dominican flags.

“The experience at the ITRC was absolutely a part of our success,” Woodhouse said. “Team bonding and information gathering was the focus of our week at the ITRC. I have never seen our players work together as well as they did in Puerto Rico. Truly when a medal was won, the entire group felt they were all a part of it. An attitude change was very noticeable and our trip to Texas did that.”

Team USA’s training at the ITRC helped its men’s team to a record-setting performance at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Men’s Championships in Munich, Germany, as the squad brought home five gold medals in six events, the most by any country in the history of the event.

Junior Team USA, meanwhile, earned two gold medals and three silver medals at the 2010 WTBA World Youth Championships in Helsinki, Finland, marking the best performance for the U.S. youth team in the event since 2004.

“Having access to the training center enabled our players to be better prepared to compete in these events,” ITRC and Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. “The technology we have allowed us to achieve results in a shorter timeframe and give immediate feedback to the players while they were training.”

More than two months after training at the ITRC, Woodhouse said his Dominican Republic team is still reaping the benefits of the trip and utilizing information the team gathered.

“All the technical equipment at the ITRC provided me with tons of information, and that’s what I’m working with now,” Woodhouse said. “So the ITRC is still having an effect on our team even after the tournament is over and several months have passed. It was a great investment and we definitely would love to do it again.”

The Singapore women’s national team visited the ITRC for a week between the USBC Queens and U.S. Women’s Open. The team had three players advance to match play at the U.S. Women’s Open, and at the World Youth Championships in Helsinki the Singaporeans took home two silver medals and a bronze medal.

Another team is hoping its trip to the ITRC will pay off at a major international tournament. The women’s national team from Chile visited the ITRC this week in advance of the 2010 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships, which begin Monday in suburban Las Vegas.

“I was here back in February for a WTBA technical meeting, and I was fascinated by the size of this place and everything it offered,” Chile head coach Jim Porter said. “The location is easy to get to and the dedicated staff are second to none. It’s a golden opportunity, and I plan to come back with our men’s team next year.”

The ITRC is home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge coaching technologies available in the bowling industry today, including high-speed video cameras, motion-capture devices, foot-pressure sensors and goggles enhanced with cameras to show exactly where a player is looking during the approach and delivery. A DVR system also is in place and can record any video feed to let a bowler see what they did on their last shot as soon as they step off the lane.

Other technology includes Computer-Aided Tracking System, known as C.A.T.S. which consists of a series of sensors placed along the lane that measure aspects of a bowler’s game such as ball speed, accuracy, launch angle, and break-point control. CA.T.S. is combined with BowlersMAP, which breaks down video of the players, to give the athletes a real-time look at their game.

A United States Olympic Committee-recognized training center, the ITRC is a joint venture of the United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America. It is the most innovative and advanced training, research and testing facility in the sport of bowling with 14 lanes for training and six for research and testing.

Lucas Wiseman
USBC Communications

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The ITRC is the only training facility that sends athletes to international tournaments representing Team USA. There’s a staff of world-class coaches, atop-of-the-line pro shop and a fully equipped fitness center. It’s a facility equipped with 14 dedicated training lanes, biomechanical motion tracking, DigiTrax TM ball motion technology, video analysis from robotic cameras, BowlersMap TM, foot and grip pressure mapping, state-of-the-art robotics and eye tracking of the bowler’s vision.